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Sternberg's Theory of Love

             For centuries people have tried to explain the mysterious phenomenon that is love. Is it an emotion that can simply just not be explained or is it more like a chemical reaction? Is it the feeling you get when you're with your significant other or the is it feeling you get when your with your family? Is there only one type of love or are there many? If you ask around people will give you many different answers. A man named Robert Sternberg came up with a theory. He said that love was attributed to combinations of three things intimacy, passion, and commitment. Intimacy according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is "something of a personal or private nature." Passion is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary has "a strong sexual or romantic feeling for someone." Commitment is "a promise to be loyal to someone or something" according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary. These three characteristics can be grouped together in different combination or even left alone completely. Now without further I ado I give you Sternberg's theory of love.
             Let us begin with intimacy. If you are intimate someone you are likely to tell them your secrets and they know personal things. Accord to Sternberg's theory if there is only intimacy in the relationship it is "liking". The people who you "like" are your friends. They know a lot about you personally and that's what drive your relationship, the ability to trust them with your personal life. Now if you take that intimacy and add commitment you get what Sternberg called "Companionate Love". This love is found often in long term relationship such as marriages where passion (as defined above) is no longer present. If there is intimacy and passion in a relationship Sternberg consider that "Romantic Love". In this relationship lover are drawn both physical and emotionally, but are not committed to each other.

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